Deaths in Film & Television in 1972

  • Jan 1 Jane Morgan, actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • Jan 1 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • Jan 8 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), dies at 82
  • Jan 10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • Jan 17 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55
  • Jan 24 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • Feb 3 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 20 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • Mar 2 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 30 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • Mar 31 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (Parineeta), dies at 38

  • Apr 5 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), dies at 71
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64
  • Apr 7 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), dies at 65
  • Apr 25 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • Apr 30 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • May 3 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • May 15 Nigel Green, South African-born British character actor (Zulu, Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 47
  • May 22 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 24 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), dies at 71
  • May 24 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jul 6 Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
  • Aug 5 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 8 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Aug 14 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • Sep 23 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Charles J Correll, actor/voice (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Oct 4 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • Oct 6 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Miriam Hopkins, actress (Carrie, Barbary Coast), dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Leo G Carroll, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80
  • Oct 18 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • Oct 27 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), dies from cancer at 64
  • Nov 5 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • Nov 7 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 23 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 29 Carl Stalling, American film composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • Dec 15 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • Dec 24 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), dies at 74